DENVER (AP) - The Denver Broncos are welcoming back suspended superstar Von Miller with open arms and a spotless 6-0 record.
The Broncos‘ bedraggled defense can sure use his help pressuring the passer.
Blackmon caught 14 passes for 190 yards and Maurice Jones-Drew ran for 71 yards and a score, but the Broncos remained unbeaten behind Peyton Manning’s two touchdown throws and Knowshon Moreno’s first career three-TD game.
The Jaguars were a record 27-point underdog but didn’t play like it.
“This is still the NFL,” Denver’s Champ Bailey said. “Nobody’s a cakewalk in this league.”
Bailey, who made his 2013 debut after missing two months with a sprained left foot, said the Broncos are eager to get Miller, their All-Pro linebacker, back in the mix but they can’t count on him being a cure-all.
“When you have a dynamic player returning to your lineup, he’s definitely going to cause some problems for people,” Bailey said. “But we can’t rely on him to do everything. It’s an 11-man game, so we got to make sure we do our part.”
Miller returns just in time for Manning’s homecoming game at Indianapolis (4-1) next Sunday night, something Manning was loath to talk about after the Jaguars (0-6) gave him all he could handle with three takeaways and two sacks.
ORLANDO FRANKLIN: The Broncos lost their massive right tackle to a left knee injury in the third quarter and he hobbled out of the locker room on a cane a month after All-Pro left tackle Ryan Clady was lost to a season-ending foot injury.
With “Big O” out, the Broncos turned to Chris Kuper, who’s been bothered by leg injuries the last two years, at right guard and slid Louis Vasquez to right tackle.
“It was a pretty good example of versatility,” Manning said. “Obviously, we have our fingers crossed for Orlando. You hate to see that, but you’ve got to go play. You have to go out there. I know Kupe has been hungry to get out there. He’s worked real hard to get healthy.”
“We’re not at all satisfied with what took place as far as the outcome,” Jaguars coach Gus Bradley said.